The Guidelines on the establishment of Labuan Securities Licensee including Islamic Securities Licensee issued by the Labuan Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) took effect on 1 January 2014.
Labuan securities licensee refers to a person who for valuable consideration provides investment advice or administrative services in respect of securities for purpose of investment and dealing in securities. For a Labuan Islamic securities licensee, its operations shall comply with Shariah principles.
The Labuan fund manager is differentiated with Labuan securities licensee, through the provision of management services, which is its principal activity. In addition, Labuan securities licensee is not allowed to hold clients’ monies or assets.
APPLICATION FOR LABUAN SECURITIES LICENSEE
Any person intending to undertake securities licensee activities may submit an application to Labuan FSA.
Kensington Trust Labuan Limited is a licensed trust company in Labuan and is able to assist you with license application, establishment and administration of your Labuan company.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY
- An individual who holds a relevant degree or professional qualification to carry on activities of a securities licensee. Labuan FSA may also consider an applicant with at least minimum qualification of diploma holder and 3 years’ relevant experience in capital market or direct experience in the permitted activities of a securities licensee;
- A licensed/approved individual who undertakes such permitted activities from relevant regulatory and supervisory Authority or a jurisdiction who is a member of the International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO); or
- A person who does not fulfil the above may also be considered, provided that the Labuan securities licensee are run and managed by suitably qualified and experienced individuals.
LABUAN SECURITIES LICENSEE LICENSE FEE
Processing Fee (once-off)
The annual license fee is payable when the license is approved by Labuan FSA and remains valid until 31 December of the year of approval. All licensees are required to pay to Labuan FSA subsequently the annual license fees on or before 15 January of each calendar year.
- Maintain a paid-up capital unimpaired by losses of at least RM150,000 equivalent in any foreign currency throughout its operations. In addition, based on the securities licensee’s risk management assessment, additional capital may need to be injected to commensurate its risk profile as well as the nature and complexity of its business.
- Maintain a professional indemnity insurance policy with coverage of not less than RM1 million or its equivalent in any foreign currency throughout its operations.
- Maintain registered and management office in Labuan. May apply for Labuan marketing office (LMO) anywhere in Malaysia and outside of Labuan island. To ensure that the establishment of the LMO complies with the relevant requirements of the Malaysian authorities.
- Appoint approved auditor in Labuan.
- Submission of audited financial statements and other statistics/information to Labuan FSA.
LABUAN IBFC TAXATION SYSTEM
> Labuan Business Activity Tax Act 1990 (“LBATA”) governs the imposition, assessment and collection of tax on a Labuan business activity carried on in, from or through Labuan.
> Labuan entities that carry on a non-Labuan business activity are subject to the provisions of the Malaysian Income Tax Act, 1967 (ITA).
> “Labuan business activity” means:
- a Labuan trading or a Labuan non-trading activity carried on in, from or through Labuan,
- excluding any activity which is an offence under any written law.
SUBSTANCE REQUIREMENT UNDER LBATA (with effect from 1st January 2019)
> Pursuant to section 2B(1) (b) of LBATA, the Labuan entities shall, for the purpose of the Labuan business activity, have :-
- an adequate number of full time employees in Labuan; and
- an adequate amount of annual operating expenditure in Labuan, as prescribed by the Minister by regulations made under this Act.
> Section 2B (1A) of LBATA provides that a Labuan entity carrying on a Labuan business activity which fails to comply with the substance requirement for a basis period for a year of assessment shall be charged to tax at the rate of twenty four per cent (24%) upon its chargeable profits for that year of assessment.
> To benefit under LBATA, a Labuan securities licensee company will need to comply with the substance requirements of minimum number of two (2) full time employees in Labuan and an annual operating expenditure in Labuan of RM100,000.
DEALINGS WITH RESIDENT
All Labuan entities are allowed to conduct transactions with Residents of Malaysia in Ringgit Malaysia subject to the filing of a notification to Labuan FSA within 10 days from the transaction effective date. “Resident” here means:
- in relation to a natural person, a citizen or permanent resident of Malaysia; or
- in relation to any other person, a person who has established a place of business, and is operating in Malaysia.
- and includes person who is declared to be a resident pursuant to s.43 of the Malaysian Exchange Control Act 1953.
The amount of deductions allowed in respect of payments made by Residents to Labuan entities are as follows:-
|> Interest expense||75% deductible|
|> Lease rental||75% deductible|
|> General reinsurance premiums||100% deductible|
|> Other type of payments||3% deductible|
ADVANTAGES & KEY BENEFITS OF LABUAN SECURITIES LICENSEE
- ZERO withholding tax on payments of dividend and interest to non-residents.
- No import duty / sales tax.
- No foreign exchange controls.
- No capital gain tax / inheritance tax.
- Double Tax Agreements between Malaysia and over 70 countries.
- 100% exemption for director’s fees received by non-citizen directors of Labuan companies.